We didn’t need the luck of the Irish to find an answer—just Google.
St. Patrick’s Day is intended to be a celebration of all things Irish, an homage to one of the largest immigrant groups in America whose heritage deeply influences many cities. But does America really get the significance of St. Patty’s Day? Or is it just an excuse to wear green and prattle on about leprechauns and lucky shamrocks? The team at HighSpeedInternet.com delved into the search data to discover what different states focus on during this cultural holiday.
The verdict? America is thirsty—very, very thirsty. We’re up for any excuse to hit the bar, including St. Patrick’s Day. In many states, the most popular keyword was related to going to the pub and imbibing a little. Okay, maybe more than a little . . . Bottoms up, people!
To determine what each state was searching the most last St. Patrick’s Day, we analyzed Google Trends data from 2016 and sifted search terms by state. So yes, Massachusetts, the state with the largest Irish population in the country, was really googling “Irish people” as if they were still wondering where to find them. Get it together, New England.
Booze and Cruise . . . or Crawl . . .Whatever.
- North Dakota, a state that consistently consumes the most beer, is already at the pub drinking whiskey long before St. Patrick’s Day. It’s just a matter of getting a ride home. Can somebody call an Uber?
- Vermont is looking to soak up all the green beer they consumed with a little soda bread. Take two aspirin and call us in the morning, Vermont. It’ll be okay.
- Thrillist says both Oregon and Alaska earn top marks as states most likely to overindulge, so it’s not surprising that you’ll probably find them crawling out of the pub the next morning.
Hungry Yet? You Will Be.
- Known as the state with the most meat eaters, Montana can always be trusted to tuck away a little more corned beef.
- California is top of the list as a big-time foodie state, but they’re still trying to figure out how they feel about shepherd’s pie. It involves meat and potatoes, vegans. You’re just not that into it. Promise.
- Meanwhile, Arkansas, the number one state in the United States for obesity, is still trying to figure out how to eat their vegetables. Keep fighting the good fight, Arkansas. We’re with you!
- In some states, all bets were off on plans to go to the pub. Virginia, South Carolina, and Kansas only cared about how their 2016 brackets were faring.
- Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Oklahoma simply had too much skin in the game to tune out CBS Sports last year.
I’m So Confused.
Some states seem decidedly unsure who these Irish people even are and where to find them. Massachusetts, Georgia, Tennessee, Iowa, and Maryland want the “Irish people” to please stand up and identify themselves. Are they leprechauns? Do they have gold? Please help us, Google. These are important questions.
And last but not least is Louisiana, number five for most gambling in the United States. They’re only concerned about one thing on St. Patrick’s Day: having the luck of the Irish. Does anybody know the Powerball numbers? You do you, Louisiana.
Did you find your state’s most-googled St. Patrick’s Day term charming? Or embarrassing? Share this with your friends and discuss how not to disgrace yourselves at the pub this year while you’re at it. Good luck with that.
|Arizona||Corned Beef and Cabbage|
|Arkansas||How to cook cabbage|
|Connecticut||How to cook cabbage|
|District of Columbia||Irish Car Bomb|
|Idaho||Corned Beef and Cabbage|
|Iowa||Iowa State Basketball|
|Maine||Bars near me|
|Minnesota||Beer pong rules|
|Mississippi||Bars near me|
|Montana||Corned Beef and Cabbage|
|Nebraska||How to cook cabbage|
|New Hampshire||Irish Car Bomb|
|New Jersey||How to cook cabbage|
|New Mexico||Irish Car Bomb|
|New York||How to cook cabbage|
|North Carolina||2016 Bracket|
|North Dakota||Irish whiskey|
|Rhode Island||Lucky Charms|
|South Carolina||Pub Crawl|
|South Dakota||Bangers and Mash|
|West Virginia||Green Beer|